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IAF chief files MiG-21 on visit to Sulur

IANS  |  New Delhi 

flew a number of sorties in Sulur, in

Though chiefs have flown fighters in the past as a morale boosting gesture, Dhanoa's latest act comes in the backdrop of ageing Soviet-era jet shooting down a Air Force (PAF) a far superior in an aerial combat on Line of Control (LoC) in February this year.

Dhanoa undertook a sortie on the two-seater trainer version of the aircraft and followed it up with three solo flights on Type 96, the oldest variant of the aircraft.

Dhanoa had commanded the 17 squadron ( flying Type 96) during the Kargil operations.

The shooting down of an by an IAF was hailed as a major achievement even though PAF is yet to acknowledge that it had taken a hit during the dogfight.

The MiG-21 flown by Wing had shot down the which was part of a large package of PAF fighters trying to cross the border in to drop bombs at installations in retaliating to IAF's bombing of terrorist training camps in 's Balakot.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 20:06 IST
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